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Training Log Archive: SarahD

In the 7 days ending Jun 2:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running6 17:55:10 55.54(19:21) 89.39(12:02) 5319
  Walking1 1:00:00 4.6(13:02) 7.41(8:06) 210
  Strength and conditioning2 30:00
  Stretching2 20:00
  OWS2 15:00
  Total13 20:00:10 60.15 96.79 5529

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Sunday Jun 2 #

11 AM

Walking 1:00:00 [1] 7.41 km (8:06 / km) +210m 7:06 / km
ahr:110 max:166

Wander up through Corriemoillie estate to Loch Bad Leabhraidh (the book place???) for a dip then back the same way, more or less. Legs felt good walking on the track & even jogged a bit on the way back. Lots of sundew (both sorts). Sandpipers at the loch. Good recovery therapy :-)
12 PM

OWS 5:00 [1]

Skinny dipping. Darn chilly - 5’ was enough - but took advantage of the old boathouse to get changed in. Good to wash off some of the sweat & grime from the last couple of days!

Saturday Jun 1 #

8 AM

Running 7:00:00 [3] 25.66 km (16:22 / km) +2000m 11:47 / km
ahr:120 max:181

Wild West haute route day 2. Maol Buidhe - Achnashellach. The guys in the bothy assured me it was going to be a lovely day today but it was still pretty dark as I set off up Beinn Dronaig. Took a direct line & made good time to the top, albeit feeling a bit weary. Descended to the valley off the north side picking an ok grassy line through the rock bands but feeling the knee niggles and not moving as smoothly as I wanted. Headed straight back up the other side towards Sail Riabach & Bidein a' Choire Sheasgaich, still moving ok but giving myself a hard time for being so slow. Took the decision at the top to bypass Lurg, which would have been an out & back - it had cleared enough to see where I was heading, but the cloud was swirling over its top and it didn’t look especially interesting. Will go back sometime to do the ridge beyond, which looks a lot more fun! I was also feeling a little on edge at this point as I knew the descent of Sheasgaich’s north ridge was going to be ‘interesting’. Luckily the path line was well marked by some cairns in key places (for good reason) and I descended to the col easily enough. It had cleared out by this point and a weight lifted from my shoulders - I had been pushing on quite hard despite tiredness & niggles and resolved to properly enjoy the rest of the day from here, knowing that the more technical bits were behind me. And it was great! Up onto Beinn Tharsuinn, a lovely bit of ridge down to the Bealach Bhearnais, then a final steep slog up onto Sgurr na Feartaig. Stopped atop both of these for a good chill and some food. SnF was a particularly lovely hill with a long ridge & superb views both to the north Strathcarron hills and back south towards Kintail. Ptarmigan ( doing the broken wing trick) and golden plover heading down over on a welcome good quad bike track. Finished down a lovely path off the Baobh-bhacan Dubh (what a name - the black boar apparently!) back down to Achnashellach (8 hours total).
Great two days but feeling really wiped by the end. Maybe shouldn’t be surprised as there was a lot of mental energy required as well as plenty tough pathless terrain to negotiate. Great resilience training as well as physical! Only saw a handful of folk when I crossed the more frequently trod Munro routes.

Friday May 31 #

10 AM

Running 7:00:00 [3] 32.01 km (13:07 / km) +2150m 9:49 / km
ahr:131 max:170

Wild West haute route day 1 Attadale - Maol Buidhe bothy. 10:30 (first!) train from Achnashellach to Attadale then on foot into the hills. Heading first for Ben Killilan. Felt ok running out the track, though not pushing the pace, and pack felt a lot easier than last weekend. After crossing the Ling, headed on a lovely stalker’s path up towards the mountain. Two eagles circling overhead down quite low here. Path eventually disappeared and I made for the back of the coire to (hopefully) find a line through the crags. Was in the clag by now so hard to see, but the line I’d picked looked ok up a grassy reentrant, albeit steep. Summit easily achieved then some nav in the white room to get me to the col below Sguman Coinntich. Another steep wet scramble up mossy grass and rock but it was soon over. The rest of the day looked relatively straightforward after this! Next stop was Sron na Gaoithe & then Faochaig, bobbling along the ridge in the clag with occasional breaks to give a few views and glimmers of hope, but the sun never managed to break through. More careful nav to pick up the stalker’s path off Faochaig, disturbing a hare at close quarters, before a long descent to the col at Reidh Leum na Feithe. Then a long climb back up the other side onto Aonach Buidhe. A few deer watching me as I climbed & a couple of ptarmigan near the summit. Cloud had lifted a bit by now and I could see my target of Aonach Buidhe bothy from high in the hill, but needless to say it took a long time to descend and navigate the bog to reach it (8 hours total). Pleased to find the bothy empty and very plush having recently been done up. Two guys came in later but plenty space for everyone for a chill and comfy night.
Good day, even if the promised sunny spells never materialised!

Thursday May 30 #

11 AM

Running 1:05:00 [3] 7.33 km (8:52 / km) +445m 6:48 / km
ahr:138 max:167

Creagan Rhiabach / Tullich loop c-w with J from Pass of Ballater. Took a while to warm up, but eventually felt a bit better. Chill- in more ways than one!
5 PM

Running 49:58 [3] 6.87 km (7:17 / km) +254m 6:08 / km
ahr:130 max:152

Late decision to double up and join KH for an evening trot to Craiglich. Legs eventually got moving and then felt better than earlier in the day. Good chat :-)

Wednesday May 29 #

10 AM

Strength and conditioning 15:00 [1]

11 AM

Running intervals 1:30:12 [4] 13.52 km (6:40 / km) +231m 6:09 / km
ahr:134 max:167

Long reps session. From Shooting Greens w-u down DW & then towards the river (14’). Then 4 x 10’ (~2km) heading east & on down to the river bank path. 2’ recovery between each. Jog / walk 2km back up the hill then a final 1 km effort on flat / downhill track. Jog 5’ back up the hill to the car. Good session and seemed to get faster once I got into it, with fastest splits on the 3rd river bank rep. Knee and everything else happy enough, tho I can still feel the w/e in my climbing legs. Glad of the rain shower to freshen up the humidity!
9 PM

Stretching 10:00 [1]

Tuesday May 28 #

10 AM

Strength and conditioning 15:00 [1]

11 AM

Running 30:00 [2] 4.0 km (7:30 / km) +238m 5:47 / km
ahr:129 max:181

Easy jogging from Aboyne out to foot of the Fungle then low track east & down to Queen’s Loch. Stop for a dip then back to car. Legs still v heavy. Listening to body am going to hold over intervals until tmrw when it will hopefully be a more worthwhile session.
12 PM

OWS 10:00 [1]

Queen’s Loch. Pretty chilly after recent rain!

Monday May 27 #

(rest day)

Feeling pretty tired. No real muscle soreness, but left knee quite niggly.
6 PM

Stretching 10:00 [1]

Especially trying to stretch out quads as likely impacting on knee…

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